☁ Google Enterprise Grade Connectivity for the #Cloud

Google Cloud Platform


We all know A cloud is only as good as the network that connects to it.

That’s why Google is introducing a range of options that let a customer of any size, from small start ups to Fortune 500, easily connect their infrastructure to theirs.

Google Cloud Interconnect enables you to connect your infrastructure to Google, via Enterprise-grade connections to Google’s network edge. The connections are offered by GCI service providers. Connecting with GCI will enable your infrastructure to connect to Google Cloud with higher availability and lower latency connections.

GCI links can be used to access any Google Cloud Platform resource like Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery service, etc. You can even extend your private network into your private GCE network over GCI links by using a VPN tunnel between the networks.

Google Cloud Interconnect is a suite of connectivity options that will enable solution providers to offer enterprise customers more secure and lower-latency network connections to the Google Cloud Platform that fit their specific needs and capabilities.

Cloud Interconnect offers three ways to connect to the Google Cloud Platform.

The first is VPN connectivity over the public Internet, an option that will be released for alpha testing in early 2015.

For enterprises that want more secure, dedicated connections, Google is offering a Carrier Interconnect plan in which hosted resources in partner data centers can directly link to the Google cloud.

Finally, there’s a direct peering option that avoids all intermediaries, allowing enterprises to connect their infrastructure directly to more than 70 points of presence in Google’s global network.

One of the seven launch partners for the dedicated carrier option is Equinix, the premium hosting provider with 102 data centers around the globe that debuted a cloud exchange earlier in 2014.


Since then, Equinix Cloud Exchange has introduced more than 50 cloud provider partners, including Google rivals Microsoft Azure in 16 markets and Amazon Web Services in eight markets.

Now Equinix customers can, for the first time, directly connect to the Google Cloud Platform in 15 of the largest enterprise markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Equinix with its inter-connectivity option offers redundancy, dedicated capacity, high bandwidth support and the ability to provision resources quickly.

Many of Google’s partners using Google Cloud have been empowered with Google’s cutting edge technology.
With Cloud Interconnect, Google adds the enterprise-grade connectivity options to advance Google’s innovations to enterprises.

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☁ The New CIO Priorities in #Cloud #Security

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2014 is an exciting time to be a CIO, and at the same time a very risky one, too, because about a third of the enterprise customers have decided their current IT team is not the team that is going to lead their IT transformation in the coming years.

In the new paradigm upon us, do you have a strategy to enable your apps for mobile devices? Within EMC’s Information Technology, They are building a mobile environment that is safe and secure and more available to more of their employee base, especially the road warriors in the field. EMC has been looking at ways to reduce travel expenses related to internal meetings, freeing up resources that they can invest in a more mobile-enabled workforce.

Do you have the software development skills for agile application development and rapid deployment? Many enterprises gave up those talents for leaner organizations years ago and have lost that core DNA. But some, especially in financial services, kept those skills in-house for customized work. That extra cost used to be seen as a liability, but now bespoke applications are coming back into favor. Pivotal Labs has attracted the ninjas of agile app development who are helping organizations relearn those lost skills.

Most enterprises still need to run client/server platform applications, but in a way that enables consumption-based ITaaS in the cloud/mobile world. The term “Cloud” can mean all sorts of things to all sorts of people, so planning for cloud-enabled IT raises fundamental questions to answer: Which of these applications will live in your data center’s private cloud? Which ones will live in a public cloud, off-premise? Building a hybrid cloud at enterprise scale is an IT organization’s next ERP project. But few organizations can afford to wait two years for implementation.

Finally, yesterday’s approach to IT security was all about perimeter defense, putting heavy locks on doors to keep the bad guys out. In a cloud/mobile world, the perimeter is more porous, so the bad guys are sneaking in undetected… but less so under the radar of forward-looking CIOs and CISOs who are deploying advanced security techniques: security analytics that monitor network traffic for anomalies in the flow of information, enabling an enterprise to catch bad actors in the act.

For CIOs who lead large organizations and must manage the expectations of a business and its executive team, the change management challenge may be the greatest challenge of them all. There is no question that today’s IT platform is changing dramatically.


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